Amazon Biospheres “Snow Globe” Photo Go Viral To Close Out 2016

Amazon Biospheres Snow Globe Photo Go Viral To Close Out 2016…and open 2017!

Several weeks ago I told you about the awesome birthday surprise and the Jeff Bezos tweet of my “snow globe” photo of the Amazon Biospheres. It was fun and exciting and that tweet got a lot of attention!

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1.1k likes as of last week!

A wow moment for me and I’m grateful to Jeff Bezos for sharing it and kicking off a bit of a domino effect as GeekWire picked up the photo tweet and featured it and my website. That was a surprise too!

Hey, December…I LIKE your surprises!

I reached out to the GeekWire reporter to send a thanks for featuring and the next thing I knew a follow-up interview was scheduled and there I was sitting down telling my story and talking about the Amazon Biospheres for a more detailed GeekWire feature.

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Doodle Messages ~ Creative Meditation

 

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It’s been some time since I shared my Doodles on my blog. I’ll admit I fell out of my regular Doodle habit. I still Doodled, but I stopped Doodling every day. Sometimes life just takes twists and turns and things change. I’ve come to realize that for me, the Doodle isn’t a “quick draw” on a piece of paper. For me, Doodling is a slow down, go within, get quiet, melt into color and touch, and begin to listen to the thoughts and messages that come through in my head activity.

Hey, wait…that sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it?  

Quiet…

Slow down…

Go within…

Listen…

MEDITATION anyone?

Yep, for me Doodling is meditation, creative meditation, and if it doesn’t happen for at 30 minutes I don’t feel like I get the true value from it. I need at least that long to get where I want to go physically and mentally. Based on this new knowledge, I’m working on getting back into the Doodle groove and indulging when I know I have the time, or need to MAKE the time given the energy in my body, to do it in a way that is fulfilling for me.

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Coloring Inspired

It’s almost Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for a friend opening her home to me and sharing her family for Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for all of you who support my art and COLOR with me!

I’m thankful for the chance to attend an amazing fundraiser last night in Seattle to benefit the American Red Cross NYC area relief efforts put on by Tom Douglas and Seattle area restaurants and give back to the city that gave me so much. It was a lovely night of NYC inspired dishes. My fav of the night, a foie gras macaroon! inspired by a fav spot in NYC.

*they alluded the iPhone paparazzi and were gobbled up immediately and routinely*

The whole night was full of NYC tributes, from the table “coverings”…

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To the music and group sing along…
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At the end of the night I heard them announce that the Seattle crowd had raised over $30,000 for relief! Wow!!

Thankful to be in Seattle among such giving people!!

My end of night inspired Doodle art ends our COLOR for today.

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I’m THANKFUL for color!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Melissa

Refill Your Creative Superpowers

Yesterday I woke with a bad feeling.  Do you ever start your day that way?  I didn’t want to get up.  I wasn’t sure I could face the day.  Something was just “off” (I even skipped my morning Doodle!).

I felt small. I felt insignificant. I felt lost. The day ahead had this feeling of being totally insurmountable.  I felt…vulnerable.

 

 

I finally got the nerve to get up and face the day anyway and started with a quick check of my Facebook Page and News Feed…

and there it was.

“Vulnerability” staring me in the face.

I’m not even sure where it came from but someone posted the Brene Brown TED video about vulnerability.

 

 

I’ve seen it before…but I watched it again and reconnected to the beautiful and powerful message she shares.   I shared it on my Facebook page, admitting my day’s “vulnerability” and went on to read other posts.  Apparently the universe knew I needed more, knew my vulnerability quotient was a little too high and needed some superpower infusion. I received it with more golden nuggets of goodness from Brene Brown and also a new discovery of Jamie Ridler who is doing great things with creativity and inspiration.

Brene became my superhero of the day.  Her honesty and authenticity around vulnerability and comparison is inspiring and refreshing.  In an interview with Jamie, Brene talks about her own journey of discovering her “creative side” and what it means to her and to others.

Join me for a little creativity superpower infusion courtesy of Brene!

 

Courage and Vulnerability – It’s Just Part of the Creativity Package

Did you know that creativity takes enormous courage and vulnerability?  I do…well, I sorta do.  I think inherently I knew it because I’m living in this vacillating state of courage and vulnerability every day as I move through my creative journey.  I’m never quite sure from one minute to the next which is going to be stronger:

My courageous self saying “I can do this!  This is who I am meant to be.  I’m going to share this gift I’ve been given.”

or

My vulnerable self saying “I feel small, insignificant, lost, fragile…SCARED!”

I now feel like I’ve been given permission to feel them both.  To be OK with not knowing which will come next.  To embrace both of them as shiny badges to proudly display for playing my part and standing strong in my creative journey.

I feel them. Brene Brown feels them.  Do you?

 

 

Comparison!

One of the downfalls of creativity is comparison.  In her interview Brene says there is a mantra for comparison:  “Be just like everybody else…but better.”  I find that whole sentence to be completely, utterly TERRIFYING!  Can you imagine holding yourself to that measure?  Can you imagine a world where we’re all the same…but we want to be better than the same?  Exhausting really.  But we all do it!

So consider her words:

“I’ll never be the ‘best’ _____________ [fill in the blank with your job, hobby, passion, dream…] but nobody will be able to bring to their [fill in the blank] what I bring to mine.  To sacrifice that, to make it look like everyone else’s…I’m sacrificing ME.”

That’s pretty powerful stuff!  I get it Brene!  I really do!

I’ll never be the “best” photographer, but nobody will be able to bring to their photography what I bring to mine.  To sacrifice that, to make my photography look like everyone else’s…I’m sacrificing ME!

 

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What do you bring?  What part of YOU are you sacrificing?

 

 

 

Own Your Story

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.  Expressing our creativity is the most loving way to own our story.”

We all have a story.  We all have something we can teach others.  Something that will touch another and change their life for the better.

An experience.  A lesson.  A journey.  Our STORY.

Sometimes it’s not easy to share.  I know this! And, sometimes it’s not easy to love ourselves through the process.

It isn’t easy because we get vulnerable.  And, we compare.

I realized today that I need to love myself more.  For the courage I have to maintain my creative journey.  For telling my story with creative expression.  For the “me” I bring to the world and to my passion.

I don’t need to try to be the best or like everyone else.  It’s enough to be fully, completely, expressively me.

And mostly, I need to love myself in the vulnerable days and be brave in the face of fear and comparison and stand strong in courage and individuality.

 

 

When you are brave, you make everyone around you a little braver…

Where are you being brave?  Who are you touching with bravery?

 

 

 

Thank you Brene Brown for inspiring me all over again!!

 

You can listen to Jamie interviewing Brene here.

 

What Touches and Inspires You?

 

A link to the bulletproof musician blog was posted on my Facebook Page this week.

I enjoyed reading the post about “Why It’s Better to Be Better Than Different” and thought about Dr. NOA KAGEYAMA’s comments:

 

“Take a moment to think about the things that touch and inspire you…Consider how you might then take these elements and create something memorable of your own, something uniquely you, requiring the unique blend of talents, experiences, and perspectives that of the 6.93 billion or so people in the world, only you can bring to the table in quite that way – where transcendence, beauty, and emotion is the target, rather than novelty or originality per se. Something that you are proud of, tickled pink about, can’t wait to tell the entire world about – and not because it’s “perfect” per se, but because you think it’s just so darn cool and can’t imagine a world without it.”

 

For me, the thing that touches and inspires me is COLOR! Using it in my own unique way.  Communicating through it.  Telling stories from it.  Finding beauty in the unexpected because of it.  And maybe…just maybe…changing the world (or at least a few people) by sharing it my own way.  My hope is that my journey and my voice will inspire you to share whatever touches and inspires you.  And that you, too, will find a way to put YOUR “color” into the world in YOUR own unique way.

I can’t imagine a world without THAT!

 

Matteo Negrin’s Inspiration

Take a few minutes to watch the Music Painting video from the post.  It is beautiful and inspiring!

 

 
Another example of coloring (and “playing”) out LOUD!  A great message and very creative way of communicating it.

Comment below and let me know what inspires you and how you share it in your unique way. I want to know!

 

 

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